I'm working on my friends pool when I can get over there. I left there this a.m. after doing some testing and cleaning with the Aquabot.
Whole family, with grand kids will be there Sunday for Mother's Day and kids will want to swim for sure and appearances are really important to her. So we want to keep the water as clear as possible.
I can't remember name of her 36 sq ft DE filter, Stainless Steel, vertical straight grids. I took my set from my Nautilus, curved, over but didn't have time to open the filter. But her pool guy was there today and opened filter only to discover the straight grids. It is not the curved grids but the straight. I'm not sure what all is shot inside and I didn't want to talk to him as he is quite resentful about my helping her GET HER POOL IN SHAPE. Anyway she had only 3 minutes to talk. I told her we could get the grids, set, for about $100 on line instead of spending at least $200 at Leslie's. Anyway it appears to be "like" an Anthony Apollo.
I'm really pressed for time too, as evidenced by my getting there at 0000 and leaving at 0200. I don't know if anything else is shot inside, like the manifold, etc. Hoping to get over there today to have a look. If manifold and other things shot I'm going to strongly advise her getting a cartridge or sand filter.
The Filter has been shooting out any DE that is put into it for I don't know how long. We're shocking pool right now and finished adding CYA last night. CYA was 0. Get this....... CH 700 Pool guy has been using Cal Hypo for a long time with no addition of stabilizer probably ever.
I closed off the bottom drain and told her to NOT LET ANYONE BRUSH THE POOL. There's no where for DE and dead algae to go but back into the pool via returns. Water is very clear unless it is stirred up.
Aquabot is doing a great job but the bags clog up really fast. I can't hang around there to change them out and she can't do it so getting stuff out is going more slowly than we would like.
I told her to have pg put filter back together, don't add DE, and run filter as we have been doing..... Mainly for circulation. Anyone see any problems with this approach until we can get the grids (and anything else taken care of)? The only way of filtering is going to be the Aquabot and I'll take over a Slime Bag and submersible pump. I don't have my 3/4 hp trash pump switched over to 120 volt yet, or the pipes added, and don't have time to do either until next week. Otherwise I would vacuum to waste using my trash pump.
I have another bigger Backwash Slime Bag that I'll take over tonight or tomorrow to hook up to second submersible pump but I need to use it this afternoon to backwash my Quad 80. Getting the cellulose off of grids or cartridges takes a huge amount of water, way more than getting DE cleared out so I need to put the water back into pool.
Question about the filter. Anyone know how many old, 22 years, SS straight vertical grid type filters there were/are? So far the only replacements I've found that look like hers is the Anthony Apollo. I can call a few places online for replacement grids/parts but we just don't have time to get that done before Sunday.
The pool will be sanitized for sure. She had some algae when we started a few days ago but there has been so much chlorine in there I might have to use a chlorine neutralizer for Sunday. (I have some)
Couldn't get a good reading of pH last night with such high FC and won't do an overnight test until after we get the FC down to normal levels. It was 7.5 before we started shocking. I'm taking a box of Borax over and she has the baking soda but I hate to have it all sucked up in the Aquabot bag today. Hoping to get that taken care of tomorrow.
I know I'm rambling. But nothing new about that.
Any suggestions about anything?
The other day DH asked me, "You are becoming so smart about all this, why don't you consider starting a business for nursing sick pools to health? And how about Pool Sitting, like dog sitting?" It's a thought .......... but I don't know if I'm up to all the physical challenges.
Thanks and please offer any suggestion that will help in this emergency.